Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grappling With God

And the LORD said to Job:
"Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it."
(Job 40:1-2 ESV)

Do you remember the "wisdom" of your youth? Do you remember when mom and dad knew nothing, understod nothing? And do you remember when they suddenly got smarter?

It is important, as a God-fearing, Christ-following, believer have some understanding of what makes God "tick". If we are to serve a sovereign God we must agree with Him. We can only agree with Him if we are willing to submit to His way, His means, His purpose, and His Lordship. It is important that we understand God's attitude toward His creation. Only then can we come to an genuine agreement that He is Lord and His decisions and control are sovereign.

Four truths of God's attitude toward us as His creation....
1. God is not discouraged by our disregard
""Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me."
(Job 40:7)
Praise God that He rules and over-rules when necessary.

2. Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?
a. God is less occupied with our happiness, as He is our holiness.
"since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16)

3. God is compassionate when we are critical.
He sent His Son to take our place for our own sinful nature.

4. God is open to our ideas ....and He is closed to compromise 

Now, the real truth is that we simply do not, cannot, will not fully "agree" with God, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and sovereign in His will and ways. Humble submission is the only possible response ....sooner or later. "so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil 2:10-11)

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."